Caching remains SD-WAN’s “Ugly Stepchild”
Caching remains SD-WAN’s “Ugly Stepchild”
/ Jul 28, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The topic of the Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is certainly a hot one today. Almost every engineer I talk to is, at least, in the investigating phase of the evolution to an SD-WAN. While the term “software-defined” means many things to many people and can be somewhat confusing, in the WAN space there seems to a…

The Rise of cPaaS Portends More WAN Problems
The Rise of cPaaS Portends More WAN Problems
/ Jul 24, 2015 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to the cloud, there is certainly no shortage of different types. Usually when people think of “the cloud” they either think of CRM type applications, like Salesforce.com, or common platform as a service providers such as Amazon or Google. However, there’s another type of cloud service that’s growing rapidly today and that’s…

Software Defined WANs Can Ease Network Manager Pain
Software Defined WANs Can Ease Network Manager Pain
/ Jul 16, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In the 2015 version of the Network Purchase Intention Study run jointly by ZK Research and Tech Target, one of the questions we asked about the WAN was “What WAN Issues Does Your Organization Need to Address?” The top three answers were issues that most organizations face when it comes to running a WAN. The…

Metro Ethernet Can Be Part Of A Broadband WAN
Metro Ethernet Can Be Part Of A Broadband WAN
/ Jul 14, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The concept of the broadband WAN is becoming a reality to more and more organizations every day. However, when I talk to network managers and IT leaders about the broadband WAN, cable and DSL tend to dominate the conversation. One broadband technology that never seems to get its due is Metro Ethernet. Metro Ethernet isn’t…

It’s Time For Network Operators to Embrace Internet WANs
It’s Time For Network Operators to Embrace Internet WANs
/ Jun 25, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Disrupt or be disrupted. That was one of the key messages that Cisco’s outgoing CEO, John Chambers, gave in his keynote at the company’s user event, Cisco Live, earlier this month. The message is short and clear: the business climate is changing and you can either change with it or become irrelevant. One area that…

The Shift To An SD-WAN Can Improve Network Security
The Shift To An SD-WAN Can Improve Network Security
/ Jun 18, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In the latest ZK Research / Tech Target Network Purchase Intention Study, improving network security came out as the top choice to the question of what the respondents’ networking priorities would be over the next 12 months. This shouldn’t be a big surprise, as it seems like there is a highly-publicized breach in the news…

Hybrid WAN Providers Should Focus on Network Basics
Hybrid WAN Providers Should Focus on Network Basics
/ May 28, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Every year ZK Research runs a joint global network purchase intention survey with its media partner Tech Target. The survey looks at trends in networking and investigates the opinions of networking professionals around the globe. This year we added a section in on hybrid / Internet WANs to see if this was a real trend…

Business Continuity Can Help Sell Your SD-WAN Plans
Business Continuity Can Help Sell Your SD-WAN Plans
/ May 26, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Prior to being an analyst, I spent many years as a network engineer. During this time I realized how hard it was to get the attention of CIOs and other IT leaders. Most CIOs have application development or even compute experience, but few have a good understanding of how the network operates. Sometimes I find…

The Top Five Network Problems Solved by SDN
The Top Five Network Problems Solved by SDN
/ May 12, 2015 0 COMMENTS

IT has changed significantly over the past decade. The rise of the cloud, mobile computing, and other trends like Internet of Things has shifted IT from being server centric to being network centric. This is why IT and business leaders should consider the network to be a strategic asset. Consequently, any problem that impact the…

It’s Time to Simplify Security
It’s Time to Simplify Security
/ May 5, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The annual RSA security show was recently held in San Francisco. RSA is always a great show and it’s a chance to go see the latest and greatest in the ever-changing, fast-moving world that is security. There’s no question security is as hot as it’s ever been, with the show drawing over 30,000 attendees and…